Customs and international trade in Thailand

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's practice has strengths in customs matters and the enforcement of WTO rules as well as wider regional trade agreements, acting for government entities, international corporations, and local companies. Pornapa  Luengwattanakit has experience of a wide variety of trade, competition, and cross-border commerce issues, while Panya Sittisakonsin has particular expertise in customs and supply chain work. He successfully represented Siam Toyota Manufacturing in civil tax litigation concerning the correct classification of imported goods. Also recommended is Suriyong Tungsuwan, who has experience of custom disputes and regulatory requirements.

Practice head(s):

Pornapa Luengwattanakit; Panya Sittisakonsin

Other key lawyers:

Suriyong Tungsuwan

Work highlights

  • Represented Siam Toyota Manufacturing Co in a civil tax litigation of tariff classification of bearings.

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins advises on customs classifications and valuations, import and export licensing and international tax structuring. Senior consultant Michael Ramirez leads the contentious customs and trade team, and has wide-ranging experience in customs and excise law. Of recent note, Piyanuj Ratprasatporn advised Oculus VR on the import of their VR products into Thailand, which presented particular difficulties given the uncertain regulatory treatment of virtual reality hardware.  

Practice head(s):

Michael Ramirez

Key clients



Oculus VR


Red Bull GMBH

Siam Kubota

Tao Kae Noi

Work highlights

  • Provided Roche advice on transfer pricing, VAT, CIT and transaction structuring to move from a direct global supply model to a distribution hub model based in Thailand.
  • Advising Oculus VR on the import of their virtual reality products into Thailand.